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Early Childhood
Obesity Prevention
9 Ways to Grow Healthy Colorado Kids
Quarterly Newsletter | July 2020

Campaign Updates

ECOP Consistent Messaging Makes a Difference

Thank you for supporting and promoting the 9 Ways to Grow Healthy Colorado Kids consistent messaging initiative. Your efforts brought consistent messaging to all corners of Colorado and helped individuals and families change behaviors to those found most promising in preventing early childhood obesity.

The 9 Ways to Grow Healthy Colorado Kids initiative will wrap up at the end of September 2020 and be replaced with new strategies and health behavior initiatives. The subheading of future newsletters will not include the tagline "9 Ways to Grow Healthy Colorado Kids."

Despite the initiative ending, the information contained in the messaging materials remains accurate, effective, and based on scientific research.

The materials created are still available for download on the One Stop ECOP Shop and include print and digital handouts and posters, videos in English and Spanish, a newsletter template, and a social media toolkit.

We encourage you to continue promoting and integrating the messages with other initiatives (e.g., World Breastfeeding Month, Screen-Free Week) as appropriate for your organization.

National News

COVID-19 Resources for Early Care and Education

A comprehensive list of COVID-19 resources for Early Care and Education compiled by the CDC's Department of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity is available on the One Stop ECOP Shop

Resources and recommendations are available for reopening, cleaning and disinfecting, nutrition and food access, physical activity, and mental wellness. 

Please use and share with other interested partners. 
Child and Adolescent Physical Activity Toolkit

The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs recently released a Child and Adolescent Physical Activity Implementation Toolkit. The toolkit contains examples of strategies states are using to increase the percentage of children and adolescents who are physically active.

View strategic approaches and evidence-based resources from Colorado and 23 other states and territories and share with other partners who may be interested.
Youth Compendium of Physical Activities

The Youth Compendium of Physical Activities provides a list of 196 common activities in which youth participate and the estimated energy cost associated with each. 

The Youth Compendium provides energy cost values for:

  • Sedentary activities, such as lying down or watching TV.
  • Standing, doing household chores, and playing active video games.
  • Playing and participating in games and sports activities.
  • Walking and running.
Search the compendium in English and Spanish.
Providing Multiple Meals at a Time to Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The US Department of Agriculture is working with state child nutrition agencies to provide safe and flexible meal service to children during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Review and share these tip sheets that provide information about using bulk foods and distributing multiple meals at a time:

Partner News

Colorado's Early Learning & Developmental Guidelines

Colorado's Early Learning and Development Guidelines (ELDGs) have been updated.

The ELDGs provide practical tips and points of reference that any caregiver can use to help kids grow physically, intellectually, and emotionally. The ELDGs support children with different cultures, languages, and abilities.
The refreshed ELDGs incorporate new research in child development and better align with the 2015 Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and the 2020 Colorado Academic Standards.

New digital features including parent experience videos and a searchable version of the guidelines. Visit to find the ELDGs in English and Spanish, plus fun videos, parent engagement opportunities, and more.
Kids Eat Free All Summer Long!

Kids eat free nutritious meals this summer in a safe and fun environment. To find a Summer Food Service Program site near you visit or text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877. 
Community Conversations on Early Childhood Needs 

Early Milestones Colorado is inviting early childhood professionals and others who work with families with young children to join in virtual conversations focused on the needs in your community and potential solutions. 

Your participation will inform policy and funding decisions, as well as future efforts to sustain Colorado’s early childhood sector. 
  • Register for an evening session on July 29 or 30 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. here.
  • Register for a lunchtime session on August 5, 6, or 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. here.
Please share with other partners who may be interested in sharing their voice. 
In this issue:

Campaign Updates
National News
Partner News


Parks and Recreation Month

World Breastfeeding Week
August 1-7

National Breastfeeding Month

National Childhood Obesity Month


The Global BIG Latch On
August 1
Register here

August 8
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Public Health in the Rockies
August 25-28
Register here

Strengthing Colorado Families and Communities Conference
September 28-30
Register here

One Stop ECOP Shop
View Materials
Order Materials

Emily Bash
The Prevention Services Division improves the health, well-being and equity of all Coloradans through health promotion, prevention and access to health care.
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